friday finds.
by victoria comment


home of gallerist Maria Foerlev of Etage Projects via alt. / sfgirlbybay

hurrah, this weekend couldn’t have come any quicker! can you say ‘taxes’? ugh! anyway, we’ve made it and it’s the rosebowl flea market this weekend so it’s probably a grand time to go out and do some vintage treasure hunting if you’re in need of some new ‘old’ decor. i hope you’ve got some fun plans on your own agenda! see ya monday!

xo, victoria

  1. “A home doesn’t matter if it doesn’t contain love and humor” — i’m with her. gallerist Maria Foerlev of Etage Projects, in Copenhagen that’s who. her lovely home is the epitome of charm and wit — essential elements of a real home. to see more, visit alt.
  2. i just adore this sweet glassware collection from Danish Designer helle mardahl. they’re so sweet they almost look edible, like oversized easter jellybeans. we can all love them (but just don’t eat them)!
  3. i love everything about this beautiful, moody but very colorful image from @lucindachambers, former British Vogue fashion director. her entire instagram feed is most inspiring — do have a peek. i so admire her very eclectic sense of style.
  4. hurrah! blockshop has a new pillow collection out, and i’m loving this banded stripe print inspired by antique French grain sack linens, printed in their beloved and very sunny desert palette.
  5. i don’t know about you, but i could just ogle over designer ulla johnson’s fashions forever. colorful, flirty and feminine i’d love to wear everything in her collection. and bravo! a designer who believes in sleeves! some of us just don’t really love our arms as much as we should.
  6. and speaking of ulla johnson’s, i can’t stop dreaming about this beaded bag. is it not just the perfect summer accessory with all the brilliant golden tones you could want for warmer days? yes, i do believe it is.
  7. have y’all seen textile artist and designer francesca colussi cramer making her way around the internet? this embroidered art piece of hers is called been nice today — francesca calls herself a vintage postcard storyteller — she takes ephemera and gives it whole new beautiful life with her unique embroidery. shop for her bespoke pieces here.
  8. @un_fold_ed’s instagram feed is given me wanderlust again and this time it’s for a trip to Marrakech. doesn’t this colorful little corner look like a lovely spot to sip some sweet Moroccan Mint Tea?

glassware collection from Danish Designer helle mardahl. / sfgirlbybay

colorful-blocked interior photographed by @lucindachambers, former British Vogue fashion director.

canvas pillows from blockshop textiles. / sfgirlbybay

feminine fashions by ulla johnson. / sfgirlbybay

ulla johnson beaded bag. / sfgirlbybay

art by textile artist and designer francesca colussi cramer. / sfgirlbybay

morocca travel photo via @un_fold_ed on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bun house & tea room.
by victoria comment


red and green interior of bun house in london. / sfgirlbybay

what’s better than chinese steamed buns? eating them in london’s soho district, that’s what — and more specifically at bun house. bun house is actually three cafes in one: the bun house upstairs where they serve, well tons of steaming buns; a charming Tea Room in the basement serving exotic cocktails like a Mint & Sichuan Sour accompanied by all kinds of delicious Cantonese creations; and finally a takeaway window just in case you need your buns on the run! we’re gonna get funky with it and dress in custume de rigueur complete with this kinda-shanghai neon color scheme in mind. let’s slip on a silky kimono over an even silkier jumpsuit and a chinese-inspired floral top and some lady killer jade shoes. before you hop across the pond, you might like to read Taschen’s NYT 36 Hours London & Beyond — you won’t want to miss a thing!

pink cocktail at bun house in london. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bun house, london. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: free people Athena Embroidered Kimono; PRISCAVera Floral Print Baby Tee; lacausa santi jumpsuit in beret; Yuul Yie Coy Heeled Sandal in Jade; Olio E Osso® Balm; read this there Taschen’s NYT 36 Hours London & Beyond; SteamLine Luggage The Sweetheart Small Carryon Bag; bando chill pills iPhone case; madewell Oversized Geometric Hoop Earrings; clare v. black eyes coin purse; Komono Quin Sunglasses in White Gold; Susan Alexandra Watermelon Dream Mini Tote Bag.

dinner tray at bun house in london. / sfgirlbybay

menus at bun house in london. / sfgirlbybay

hanging plants inside bun house restaurant in london. / sfgirlbybay

bun house exterior and food. / sfgirlbybay

signage for the tea room at bun house in london. / sfgirlbybay

neon interior of tea room inside bun house in london. / sfgirlbybay

green and white floor tile inside bun house in london. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interior of bun house in soho district, london. / sfgirlbybay

• photography via wallpaper and @8unhouse.

making a rental feel like home.
by victoria comment


bohemian modern entryway with vintage white pedestal table and chairs. / sfgirlbybay

what really makes a house a home? it’s not necessarily a mortgage, is it? we’ve all rented at one point in our lives, and until recently i’ve rented my entire life. so i’ve been there — and apartment hunting can be frustrating and competitive. Finding the right apartment in this tight market can be tough enough without dealing with nightmare rental agencies, agents, and outrageous fees. i was invited to check out Zumper — a rental platform born out of frustration with the old way of renting, creating a smooth, efficient, and transparent renting process for both tenants and landlords. Zumper is the first rental marketplace where tenants can search for and rent an apartment on their end-to-end platform, designed to help landlords and renters move through the decision process in as little as 15 minutes. and once you’ve found your dream apartment, that’s when it’s time to really make it uniquely your own.

vintage oil paintings. / sfgirlbybay

you know how when you’re just starting out in an apartment, maybe decorating for the first time and you’re feeling a little cautious or limited? maybe you’ve got boring budgets to contend with, or perhaps because you’re in a rental so you don’t want to do anything too permanent. i think that’s quite alright — it’s sometimes wise to take things slowly, adding elements to our homes over time, rather than all at once. this process ensures you make far fewer decorating faux pas, and get it just right, rather than wasting your budget with snap decisions. it can also be much more gratifying and fun to go slowly as you decorate, revising plans and tweaking your ideas as your awareness for your design aesthetic becomes more clear. you kind of grow into your space!

whitewashed entryway in victoria smith's bohemian modern home in l.a. / sfgirlbybay

i thought i’d share a few things i’ve learned over the years to add a bit more style to a rental with some easy and inexpensive projects that you can do to completely change the look of a room without spending a ton of cash. and, they’re decorating ideas that are easy fixes — ensuring that if you grow tired of them, or decide you want a change it’s no big deal. things like paint, for instance, are always an easy fix if your landlord approves (i’ve very often offered to pay for the paint just to get them onboard — even if that just means a fresh coat of white paint).

mixed and matched throw pillows. / sfgirlbybay

a few easy and inexpensive fixes:

• if your landlord says yes, paint! i think i once painted a bathroom three times, so while the room may have shrunk (ha!) the mood change was always a pretty easy and affordable transition.

• fresh flowers can make a huge difference (plants, too!). i try to hit the flower mart at least a couple of times a month for inexpensive branches and flowers. or go wild, and forage the hillsides for your own.

floral arrangement in glass vase. / sfgirlbybay

vintage oil painting collection leaned on the floor. / sfgirlbybay

• if you aren’t allowed to put nails in your walls, consider 3m command strips — they remove easily and don’t leave marks on your walls. however, if you want to look tres chic and effortlessly cool, just lean your artwork against the walls or cabinets and dressers. i swear, it looks great.

low white cabinet with artwork, books and records on top. / sfgirlbybay

• use furniture that doubles as storage — like this sweet and petit table (just below) that’s also a magazine rack. perfect space saver for smaller apartments. daybeds are a good solution, too — perfect for seating but also ideal for last-minute sleepovers. ikea has got great design and loads of super affordable options. look there first for statement pieces and easy storage solutions for sure.

• accessorize! pillows and rugs can make a dull room come to life. there are so many textile options online these days, so let your keyboard do the walking. or, if you’re handy, get out your sewing machine make your own pillows. vintage fabrics found at the flea market make for beautiful, one of a kind pillows.

large frame photograph over white sofa with mix n' match throw pillows. / sfgirlbybay

ornate gold leaves mirror and wall sconces. / sfgirlbybay

• speaking of vintage flea market finds: i found these wall sconces and mirror for next to nothing.  i’ve also found dressers and chairs super cheap on craigslist. even beat up old pieces given a coat of glossy black paint can look fabulous. a very small investment for a quart of paint and a little elbow grease.

• books!!! for me, what really makes a house a home are my books. they’re like best friends i just can’t part with. arrange them by spine color for a really cohesive and good looking bookshelf. or, seek out those little nooks and crannies (especially unique in older apartments) and stack your books for a great look.

vintage black mirror and ceramic bird in white nook. / sfgirlbybay

books on white built-in bookshelves. / sfgirlbybay

so it’s exciting to finally take some chances with your design plans as you get more comfortable with your taste — after all the hard work you put in to accomplish your goals around renting your home, it’s time to start to have a little fun with your decorating — and without spending a ton of money. and remember, it’s always a work in progress! now, go find your perfect rental.

open white shelves with ceramic mugs and pitchers and wood kitchen tools. / sfgirlbybay

Zumper is available on the web, iOS, and Android and offers key search tools such as the capability to search for specific amenities, create alerts to notify you of similar listings and find specific neighborhood information such as rent prices and demographics. home sweet home is just an app away!

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